Green Monster | Deschutes Brewery

Green MonsterGreen Monster
216 Ratings
Green MonsterGreen Monster

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Halcyondays on 08-26-2009

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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a brown 22 oz bomber with a thick layer of hunter green wax enclosing the cap and upper neck of the bottle. I actually had to get quite medieval with it to access the cap. Obnoxiously, the label says "BEST AFTER: 9/1/14". Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Seems to look opaque and dark chestnut brown upon first glance. However, after holding it up to the light, there is a deep garnet to burgundy quality to it. Head sudsy and about a finger thick, the color of toasted marshmallow. Retention is pretty low, with it dissipating to a rim of bunched up foam on the edges of the glass, along with a sparse mottling of film along the top of the liquid.

Smell - Notes of sour cherries, apple cider vinegar, sherry as well as some notes of wet leaves, tree bark and fresh leather in the background. There also might be a bit of medicinal quality to it, but it's hard to tell. An underlying oaky base with a sour twang is a constant accompanying the other characteristics. There is a molasses element that becomes more noticeable as the beverage warms. So far off to a promising start--the smell is a bit weird, but it's also got an addictive complexity to it that makes me want to keep smelling it.

Taste - Sour and malty, and not seemingly very balanced. It's got a lot of the same elements I've found and liked in other wild ales, but this one is just offputting. There's also a sweetness that somehow separates itself from the sourness, making it seem like it's fighting itself. It tastes a bit artificial and metallic in a way. Just not digging it. The aftertaste is a blend of sweetness and lemon juice sourness. UPDATE: as the beer warms, the taste becomes much more well-blended and less conflicted. Highly recommend letting this one get closer to 50 °F

Mouthfeel - A bit viscous and cloying, with a medium body. The carbonation is high and provides for a effervescence that is unfortunately very necessary to offset the syrupy feel and rather unappealing taste.

Overall, a beer that I'm glad I only bought one of. I can appreciate the spirit behind this beer--take something that didn't go quite according to plan and turn it into something completely different and better. The whole "best after" approach is especially annoying when you open the beer fresh and it's not terribly good. Oh well, perhaps I'll run across some after September of next year and see how it's "supposed" to taste.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of riotontheroad
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How can something that smells so bad, taste so good? What a wonderful accident this brew is. If you find it, buy it!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazed deep copper brown. Head is off-white with a small wispy cap. No lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Nutty. Leather and dark fruit. Cherry and tannic plum skin. Old chocolate and a touch of meat. Tons of cherry skin. Wet and musty. A ton of oak. Pecans. Old dried wood. A touch roasted. Malts are a touch sweet with a bit of caramelization. Slightly bready. Reminds me of Dissident with a nutty element. A touch of solvent with some mild earthy elements. Maybe even some rose water. Some vinegar - balsamic. Vague rotten fruit. Some musty funk. Barrel influence is heavy. A touch of wet hay.

Taste: A touch of old hop layered over a slightly caramelized malt base. Some solid earthy elements with some dark fruit. Cherry in abundance, tart skin, flesh, and juice. Fruit leather old worn leather. The nutty element from the nose is there but not nearly as aggressive. Some pecan and hazelnut. A solid lactic tartness. Vague milky sweetness. So much leather with a vague almost chocolate. Deeply tart with some citric powder on the back of everything. Warming makes it fruitier and ramps up the dry dry leather. Oak builds as well. Solid layer of red wine grape and old stale wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to light carbonation. Screamingly dry up front but the sip makes it a bit juicier as it progresses. Slightly astringent.

Overall: Better than going to Fenway.

A nice accident. Carries a ton of fruit and barrel. Excited to see what another year or two will do to this beer.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of chossboss
3.9/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Prospero
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of sourdog
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of weonfire
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of switzer
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of rayraywallace
1/5  rDev -72.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of SonnyHenry
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Reddish body. Thin collar.

Smell - Acetic. Green apples. Kinda vegetal. Caramel.

Taste - Sharp sourness. Very acetic. Caramel. Sour apples.

Mouthfeel - It's not super sour, but it's an intense flavor.

Overall -Too acetic for my tastes.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DerekSmigelski
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of beerloverofbham
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of GRG1313
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

March 2014: 3.5
Dec. 2014: Time has been kind. Thanks Chris for sharing!

Tawny copper brown with an ample head of tan foam. Spotty lacing, wispy skim across the surface.

Aroma is complex and interesting. Wet leather, cranberry, saddle, balsamic.
Taste is tart and creamy, balsamic and cherry skins. Dry woody aftertaste.
Full bodied, rich and complex. Earthy and funky, closer to a wine barrel aged our bruin than anything.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deschutes' Green Monster. 7.3%. Aged 3 years in wine barrels.

Okay, I gotta say: The wax top makes for a good presentation, but it's a bitch to get off!

Appearance: Very small amount of head. Light, fine-bubbled lacing. Deep red-amber color.

Smell: Hmm. Very different than I was expecting. The first smell I get is a sort of pickle/olive brine, like what I would smell from my mom's potato salad. That's a first! Not getting any other scents, yet.

Taste/Moutfeel: Okay, I'm getting more of the olive brine on the palate, with some apple seed. Moderate acidity. Maybe some sour grape.

I gotta say, based on the reference I got from my coworker, this falls very short. Not my ideal for a sour at all. It is interesting, and unique, but not my thing. It's a shame, I was told this has a big green apple flavor, but I'm not getting any.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Petrus chalice.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of comrade_tony
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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Green Monster from Deschutes Brewery
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